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shlea
2008-05-07, 07:56
Hi,

I just got SB Duet and have a question. Is there any volume limitation on the output (phono out) on this device?

Compared to other sources (radio, cd) on my stereo the Duet has very low volume, and I have to increase to max on the controller to get anywhere close the the level from other sources. Still that isn't enough to get the same volume level. I've even tried to turn off any volume adjustment to see if that made any difference. It did not.

Thanks and regards,
Svein-helge

Ben Sandee
2008-05-07, 08:10
On Wed, May 7, 2008 at 9:56 AM, shlea <
shlea.391pdz1210172402 (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com> wrote:

> I just got SB Duet and have a question. Is there any volume limitation
> on the output (phono out) on this device?
>
> Compared to other sources (radio, cd) on my stereo the Duet has very
> low volume, and I have to increase to max on the controller to get
> anywhere close the the level from other sources. Still that isn't
> enough to get the same volume level. I've even tried to turn off any
> volume adjustment to see if that made any difference. It did not.


Three potential issues:
1) You need to have the Duet at 100% volume to equal line-out volume of a CD
player. Notice that a CD player normally has no volume control at all.
2) Try using an input on your receiver other than Phono. Phono cannot be
used a 'just another aux' or 'cd' input. It is specifically for phonograph
players only.
3) Replaygain settings.

Try putting the Duet on your AUX or CD temporarily, make sure the volume
control is at 100%, and finally make sure that 'replaygain volume
adjustment' is disabled. You can check this at
Settings->Player->Audio->Volume Adjustment/ReplayGain.

HTH,
Ben

shlea
2008-05-07, 08:37
Thanks.

I did not express myself clear. I don't use a phono input. What I meant is that I use the line/phono/audio OUTput from SB, as opposite to the digital output.

I have it connected to a tape input.

I'll check replay gain settings.

Is it an idea to adjust the general volume level on the mp3 files or is this not advised to do? Will that cause distortion?

S-H

Ben Sandee
2008-05-07, 09:28
On Wed, May 7, 2008 at 10:37 AM, shlea <
shlea.391r8n1210174801 (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com> wrote:

>
> Is it an idea to adjust the general volume level on the mp3 files or is
> this not advised to do? Will that cause distortion?


You can certainly do that and the source volume certainly will impact the
volume of sound output from the Duet. Look for a tool called mp3gain which
will analyze your MP3's and can optionally make modifications to reach a
desired average level. In my experience this tool will usually lower the
volume of most data ripped from CD's and it does so to reduce the MP3 volume
clipping that can happen. MP3 clipping will certainly deduce the quality of
the output. If you are concerned about audio quality then you are better
off using lossless encodings like FLAC.

Ben